You're a nurse and you never had a class on trauma? Come on, man.
Crepitous, deformity, pulse, motor skills and sensation. Check and palpate for crepitous and ask if they feel crepitous, compare to the opposite limb for deformity. Check for a distal pulse. Ask the patient if they can move it and check to see if they can feel it.
If there's no crepitous or deformity, loss of sensation, pulses or motor skill then it's probably not broken (but it definitely still might be broken) The only definitive diagnostic is an X-ray.
Transport decision is on you as a healthcare professional. Make a differential diagnosis and a treatment plan.
Honestly what healthcare pro hasn't googled someone's illness..? But a simple trauma like this is a very basic fundamental.
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